Another cold wave grips the North
After around a week-long gap, the country is once again under the spell of a cold wave, which is causing people to suffer.
People, especially in the northern districts, are facing difficulties to get out of home for work amid biting cold coupled with thick fog.
In last week of December, the country witnessed a cold spell and on December 29, the mercury fell to 4.5 degrees Celsius in Tentulia of Panchagrah -- the lowest recorded temperature in 2019.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Meteorological Department officials yesterday said the ongoing cold wave may continue for the next two or three days.
“Furthermore, light rain may occur in some parts of the country, especially in the northern region, on Thursday and Friday,” said Abdul Hamid, a meteorologist of the office.
Meanwhile, a Met forecast yesterday said, “Moderate to thick fog may occur at places over the country from midnight to morning.”
Night and day temperatures may remain nearly unchanged around the country today, said the Met bulletin.
Yesterday, the lowest temperature was recorded as 6 degrees Celsius in Tentulia, while the highest was 27.3 in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.
Our Thakurgaon correspondent reported that the cold weather has disrupted the lives of people in the region. People from low-income groups were having a hard time.
“It is not possible to work on farmland due to cold wind. So, we cannot go to the field,” said Sudesh Chandra, 48, a resident of Akcha village in Thakrugaon sadar upazila.
“The weather is so cold that our hands are almost frozen. How can we work?” asked Nasir Ahmed, 25, a worker of a welding shop in Thakurgaon town.
The number of patients, mostly children and the elderly, with cold-related diseases were rising due to the adverse weather.
A total of 298 patients, including 113 children, were receiving treatment in Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital. Most of them were suffering from cold-related diseases, said HM Anwarul Islam, civil surgeon of the district.
In Panchagarh, a total of 118 patients, including 33 children, were getting treated in the sadar hospital.